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Belgian diplomacy

Sharing the burden of keeping Europe whole, free and at peace

By Alexander Mattelaer (05-05-2017)

In Other publications

« Measuring fair burden-sharing is more complicated than it seems,” says Alexander Mattelaer. He takes a closer look at this issue, which is a hot topic of debate in the run up to the meeting of Allied leaders on 25 May in Brussels. read more…

Maritime Security: Belgium’s interests and options

By Various authors (27-04-2017)

In Other publications

As a trading nation with a strong maritime tradition (half of its trade is seaborne), a self-styled champion of regional integration, a proponent of the rule of law, and a pioneer in naval “pooling and sharing” practices, read more…

Brussels attacks one year on: More still needs to be done

By Thomas Renard (14-03-2017)

In Other publications

Belgium has accomplished much since last year’s devastating terrorist attacks – the worst in its history. But the threats continue, and new security vulnerabilities are becoming apparent.

This article was first published in www.rusi.org read more…

Counterterrorism in Belgium: Key challenges and policy options

By Elke Devroe, France Lemeunier, Nils Duquet, Paul Ponsaers, Sophie André, Thomas Renard, Vincent Seron (27-10-2016)

In Egmont papers

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris (November 2015) and Brussels (March 2016), Belgium’s counterterrorism policy has been heavily criticized – domestically and worldwide.  read more…

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

DAY 2: China-Belgium Diplomatic Relations at 45 Years: Belgium As the Gateway for EU-China Relations

Conference DAY 2 - from 09:00 - 13:00

The year of 2016 is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between China and Belgium. As the host city of most EU institutions and several read more…

Monday, 3 October 2016

DAY 1: China-Belgium Diplomatic Relations at 45 Years: Belgium As the Gateway for EU-China Relations

Conference - DAY 1 - from 09:00-16:00

The year of 2016 is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between China and Belgium. As the host city of most EU institutions and several read more…

Is terrorism contagious?

By Thomas Renard (09-08-2016)

In Commentaries

The multiplication of terrorist attacks in Europe over the past few months raises questions with regard to the diffusion of terrorism. This commentary argues that the Islamic State aims indeed for the contagion of terror. There is also evidence from read more…

Understanding the current wave of terrorism

By Thomas Renard (04-08-2016)

In Commentaries

A number of terrorist attacks have struck Europe over the past months, triggering the impression of a ‘wave of terror’ among citizens. This commentary replaces the recent upscale of violence in the context of the ‘wave of religious terrorism’, read more…

Belgium and its foreign and external policies (2010-15)

By Sven Biscop, Thomas Renard (03-06-2016)

In Studia Diplomatica

This special issue of Egmont’s academic journal, Studia Diplomatica, focusses on Belgium’s foreign policy. Prominent scholars review different aspects of the foreign and external policies of Belgium, over the past five years. This issue includes articles on the quest for a foreign policy, on multilateral politics, on aid development, on global health policy, on trade politics, as well as on the Parliament’s role in times of war. read more…

Belgium. A discreet and pragmatic europhile approach

By Sophie Heine (18-04-2016)

In Other publications

This article has been published in The European Union  in the fog. Building Bridges Between National Perspectives on the European Union. Edited by Vivien Pertusot.

The Building Bridges project looks at the national read more…